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The f2 Profile is an interview with a nationally or internationally respected freelance: covering their career, their approach to the business and their take on the current marketplace

Pål Hansen

- March (Vol 7 No 1)

 

Internationally published freelance Pål Hansen speaks to David Land about early motivations, his movement from documentary to portraiture and celebrity, and the current state of the editorial market

"You have to be flexible, and understand that the editorial market is being squeezed."

 

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Mel Yates

- January/February (Vol 6 No 10)

In the business for the last quarter century, portrait and interiors freelance Mel Yates shoots regularly for international designers and furniture companies. He speaks to David Land about assisting, finding the right agent, and the importance of following up a good lead.

"I'm very interested in people and the way they live. I also have an appreciation for design so photographing portraits and interiors is beyond just making an image for me - I hope I have an understanding of what I'm photographing."

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Charlie Gray

- November 2012 (Vol 6 No 8)

 

Recently shooting fashion for GQ, and the poster for The Sweeney, and going on tour with Kasabian, Charlie Gray is on the up and up. He speaks to David Land about fatherhood, shooting celebrity in the USA, and why the still images hasn’t had its day just yet.

“There’s a lot to be said for turning up in the States, booking a hotel, hiring a car, and just going to see people”

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Layla Smethurst

- February 2012 (Vol 6 No 1)

 

 

Huddersfield-based NME photography award winner Layla Smethurst talks to David Land about how she made her name in the music photography world.

“Being a Northerner has its benefits, I’m not scared to approach people. If I want something, I’ll ask for it!”

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Oly Barnsley

- September 2011 (Vol 5 No 7)

 

With a string of high profile clients to his name, London-based freelance Oly Barnsley straddles the worlds of fashion and celebrity.

"The world of fashion photography is very political, in terms of whom you do and don’t work for: one client is not going to book you if you’re working for another, because they want exclusivity."

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Perou

- April/May 2010

Top international photographer, now moving into shooting movies Started out as a butler, before doing a photography degree at PCL (Westminster University), then running Click hire studio, and working on the picture desk at Dazed and Confused.

“I was butler to Viscount Brentford, who was known simply as Brentford", he says. "As his butler, I would sign myself Perou. It was around the same time of the growth of single name brand names like Gucci, and when I started out in photogra- phy, I decided to apply this logic to the branding of my business."

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Jason Bell

- February/March 2010

Top London and New York-based freelance, with a string of awards, shooting for Condé Nast publications among others. About to publish fourth book, An Englishman in New York, with Dewi Lewis.

“Energy and enthusiasm are a big part of my job, especially on the bigger shoots, where there might be 40 people on set and you are the captain of the ship. Everyone takes their cue from me, so it's important that I'm enthusiastic, energetic, really saying that it can be better, and driving everybody on to do more and make it better."

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Harry Borden

- December/January 2009-10

Multiple award winning New York born portrait photographer, who studied at Plymouth College of Art, before making a career in London. Recently returned to Devon, where he grew up.

“If you photograph celebrities, it gives you a certain amount of status, while advertising brings material gain. I'm pleased that, at a relatively young age, I've realised these things don't necessarily make you happy. You need to be creative, and pursue projects where your motivation is pure. It's about pushing the boundaries, exploring photography, and using it to great ends."

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Alastair Thain

- October/November 2008

Came to prominence as a celebrity portrait photographer in the 1980s, and is known for his unique intimate close up portraiture, made using custom built large format cameras.

“I thought it was going to take me four or five months to build a camera range, but I reckon it was only about six months ago that I finally built a portrait camera I really liked, which means it was more like 15 year’s work!"

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Richard Young

- August/September 2008

Renowned freelance celebrity photographer who virtually invented the industry.

"It’s all down to personality, character, contacts and trust. If people trust you, you can build up good relationships. A sense of humour is vital. Laugh with people and don’t take yourself too seriously."

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Morgan Silk

- June/July 2008    

Started life as freelance retoucher and is renowned as a Photoshop expert. Built a career in retouching, then made an explosive move into freelance photography through winning an AOP Gold award with his forst personal project.

"Personal work generates interest in your portfolio, especially in the advertising world - don’t shoot work for your portfolio in the style of an ad – people like to be surprised by new work"

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John Swannell

- April/May 2008 

A top london based freelance who began in the 60s assisting David Bailey. At the top of his game in portrait photographer, known for royal photography and top celebrities.

"It’s the old cliché: it’s easy to get to the top but it’s hard to stay there”

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Dean Chalkley

- February/March 2008   

Renowned music freelance photographer who began his career with Dazed and Confused.

"It’s good that you can’t see how long the ladder is: you should only see the next rung or the one after that, because otherwise you might think it’s far too gruelling and do something else."

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Drew Gardner

- December/January 2007/08 

Started his career in photojournalism, became frustrated with the way his photos were used and reinvented himself in commercial and advertising photography.

“One of the terrible things is that we get pigeonholed... if you’re brave, you can go out there and reinvent yourself. You can change people’s perceptions by shooting something completely different."

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Zed Nelson

- October/November 2007

A top photojournalist who focuses on comprehensive photography projects, such as his highly acclaimed debut Gun Nation.

“Images can simplify in a beneficial way, showing truth, or they can miss the complexity - you have to be cunning about how you balance assignments and personal work. It’s not enough to take a picture of someone in misery unless you can explain the politics that have led to it happening.”

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Simon Roberts

- August/September 2007

"The most important thing that I've done from the beginning is always come up with ideas, because these are your currency...you're going to be in demand if you come up with something different."

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Andrew Buurman

- June/July 2007  

"The most successful photographers do one thing and do it really well. You have to find what you want to do, and when you find it, just keep going, keep at that particular thing."

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Jillian Edelstein

- April/May 2007

"I find it hard to stray far away from that which drives me, because fundamentally I come from that political perspective."

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David Stewart

- February/March 2007      

"The more you do personal projects, the more you build a catalogue. Therefore, you have more chance to exhibit and do books."                                              

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Tom Craig

- Dec/Jan 2006/7    

"You need to generate a body of work that's going to be appropriate for the kind of client that you want to work for. If you want to photograph bands, don't phone up Unicef."

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